Placer Youth Impact Awards now accepting applications

Published on March 16, 2017

Do you know a high school student who is a leader, innovator, volunteer or against-the-odds achiever in our community? The third annual Placer Youth Impact Awards, a dual scholarship and awards program created by the Placer County Youth Commission, will recognize outstanding local teens.

The program is currently accepting applications, which are due by 11:59 p.m. March 28. There are four categories: Applied Talents and Knowledge, Community Service, Leadership and Overcoming Adversity. Award recipients in each category will receive a minimum $100 scholarship sponsored by local organizations and businesses. View more information and the simple application.

“The Youth Impact Awards are a wonderful opportunity for Placer youth to express themselves,” said Kristin Pischel, the award committee’s chair. “These kids are doing great things in their community, and it’s time that those great things are recognized and applauded.”

“We hope that adults and peers encourage deserving youth to apply,” added Commissioner Epsa Sharma. “These teens are active because they care; they aren’t really looking for recognition. But it’s great to know that someone’s noticed how hard you worked to overcome a challenge or that they value your contributions to the greater community. Recognition will boost their energy and the stories may inspire younger students to make a difference, as well.”

All youth applicants will be invited to an awards banquet and dessert April 23 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. The event will highlight some of the inspiring accomplishments of young people in our community and an awards presentation. The Placer County Youth Commission and Placer County Board of Supervisors will present the scholarships.

The Placer County Youth Commission is a group of 18 Placer County high school students appointed by the county board of supervisors to encourage youth voice in local decision making. More about the youth commission can be found at the Placer Youth website. Commissioners are available for presentations about the Youth Impact Awards or the commission in general.